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Opening day draws 7,692

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:51 PM

Monday's attendance at the fair was 7,692 the highest it's been on opening day in at least six years.

Last year, the rain-soaked opener drew 5,770, which was down from 6,183 in 2005. Opening day drew 6,742 in 2004, 6,229 in 2003 and 6,260 in 2002.

Senior Fair office worker Ruth Swander attributed the attendance boost to country music singer Rodney Atkins' concert, which was sold out. Swander said crowd members came from as far away as Michigan, Pennsylvania and Indiana.

"It was a beautiful crowd and everybody loved it," she said.

The pleasant weather helped attendance as well. "It was beautiful. We want more of it. Can you order it? We'll take it," Swander joked.

Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of thunderstorms, highs around 80 and lows in the lower 60s. Meteorolists predict similar weather for Wednesday, with highs in the lower 80s, lows in the upper 60s and a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The royal crowning continues today with the Senior King and Queen Contest in the morning, and the Junior Fair King and Queen contest at 6:30 p.m. in the judging pavilion. Also on tap is a cheer bonanza at 6:30 p.m. in the grandstands, and a square dance at 8:30 in the judging pavilion.

Wednesday is Veteran's Day and Kid's Day, meaning free admission for everybody until 3 p.m. (rides not included), and veterans being admitted for a penny after 3 p.m.

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